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RE: Intraspecific Combat in Ceratopsians
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
> Jordan Mallon
> Subject: RE: Intraspecific Combat in Ceratopsians
> Rothschild and Tanke (1997) reported on a pathologic skull of
> _Pachyrhinosaurus_ that preserves what seem to be, according to the
> puncture wounds that fit a couple of horncores labelled "Monoclonius."
> more, see:
> Rothschild, B. M., and D. Tanke. 1997. Thunder in the Cretaceous:
> Inter-species conflict as evidence for ceratopsian migration?, in: D. L.
> Wolberg, D. Stump, and G. Rosenberg, editors, Dinofest International:
> Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Arizona State University.
> Academy of Natural Sciences, pp. 77-81.
I'm not totally convinced by the hypothesis outlined for the specimen. I've
seen the original, and there is a lot of really funky stuff going on in the
skull. Really, really funky stuff. That animal was not a happy camper, no
matter what happened to it.
Darren and I will discuss this specimen briefly in a forthcoming paper, and
compare what's going on in there with what we've seen in other specimens.
> Don't know of any other interspecific fighting reports, though I know Andy
> Farke might have something to say about INTRAspecific combat in
Absolutely. WFTP (or get the preview in the SVP abstract). ;-)
Andrew A. Farke, Graduate Student
Department of Anatomical Sciences
Stony Brook University
T8 040 Health Sciences Center
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8081